Assistive Technology

The Central Rivers AEA Assistive Technology (AT) Team is dedicated to promoting inclusivity and accessibility in education. The CRAEA AT Team collaborates with educators to consider the needs of students, environments, tasks and tools to make informed decisions about assistive technology, ensuring that all students, including those with disabilities, have equal access to the curriculum.  The team focuses on universal design principles to promote accessible educational materials and environments for all students. By removing barriers and promoting equity, the Central Rivers AEA Assistive Technology Team plays a crucial role in improving student achievement and outcomes.

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive technology in education refers to the use of specialized tools, devices, software, and strategies to support students with disabilities in their learning and educational activities. The primary goal of assistive technology is to enhance the independence, functionality, and quality of life for students with disabilities. These technologies are customized to address a student’s unique disability or impairment, enabling them to overcome barriers in order to have access to a FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education).

School District Referrals

To make a referral, check the list below to email the regional contact assigned to your district.

School DistrictAT Team – Regional OfficeRegional Contact
AGWSRRegion  3Tasha Miller
Aplington-ParkersburgRegion  6Abby Martin
BCLUWRegion  10Lindsey Humpal
Belmond-KlemmeRegion  3Tasha Miller
BGMRegion  11Jennifer Cline
CALRegion  3Tasha Miller
Cedar FallsRegion  6Abby Martin
Central SpringsRegion  2Chris Hageman
Charles CityRegion  4Nicole Jones
ClarksvilleRegion  5Tarissa Ollendieck
Clear LakeRegion  1Jean Chappell
DenverRegion  5Tarissa Ollendieck
Dike-New HartfordRegion  6Abby Martin
DunkertonRegion  8Chelsie Byram
East BuchananRegion  8Chelsie Byram
East MarshallRegion  11Jennifer Cline
Eldora-New ProvidenceRegion  9Sarah Reed
Forest CityRegion  1Jean Chappell
Garner-Hayfield-VenturaRegion  1Jean Chappell
Gladbrook-ReinbeckRegion  10Lindsey Humpal
GMGRegion  11Jennifer Cline
Grinnell-NewburgRegion  11Jennifer Cline
Grundy CenterRegion  10Lindsey Humpal
Hampton-DumontRegion  3Tasha Miller
Hubbard-RadcliffeRegion  9Sarah Reed
HudsonRegion  10Lindsey Humpal
IndependenceRegion  8Chelsie Byram
Iowa Falls-AldenRegion  3Tasha Miller
JanesvilleRegion  5Tarissa Ollendieck
JesupRegion  8Chelsie Byram
Lake MillsRegion  1Jean Chappell
MarshalltownRegion  9Sarah Reed
Mason CityRegion  2Chris Hageman
MontezumaRegion  11Jennifer Cline
Nashua-PlainfieldRegion  4Nicole Jones
North ButlerRegion  4Nicole Jones
North IowaRegion  1Jean Chappell
North TamaRegion  10Lindsey Humpal
Northwood-KensettRegion  2Chris Hageman
OsageRegion  4Nicole Jones
Rudd-Rockford-Marble RockRegion  4Nicole Jones
South TamaRegion  11Jennifer Cline
St. AnsgarRegion  4Nicole Jones
Sumner-FredericksburgRegion  5Tarissa Ollendieck
TripoliRegion  5Tarissa Ollendieck
UnionRegion  10Lindsey Humpal
Wapsie ValleyRegion  8Chelsie Byram
WaterlooRegion  7Stephanie Behrens
Waverly-Shell RockRegion  5Tarissa Ollendieck
West ForkRegion  3Tasha Miller
West HancockRegion  1Jean Chappell
West MarshallRegion  9Sarah Reed

AIM-Accessible Instructional Materials

Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) are learning resources, both in print and digital formats, that enhance access to general education content and grade-level standards for students with disabilities. AEM ensures that students with disabilities can acquire information in an equally effective and integrated manner, with ease of use similar to their peers without disabilities. These materials encompass printed and electronic textbooks and related core materials, designed to be usable by a wide range of learners, regardless of their individual needs or preferences.  Students with disabilities have the right to have curriculum materials provided to them in an ‘alternative format’ and in a ‘timely manner’ when needed to access FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education).  Timely manner is defined in the Iowa Administrative Code Regarding Special Education (2007) as “at the same time as other children receive instructional materials”.

On-Demand Learning

Assistive Technology: AIM/AEM

Users can explore this resource to expand their knowledge of Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials.

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Assistive Technology: General Information

Users can explore this resource to expand their general knowledge of assistive technology. This board can serve as a great resource.

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Important Contacts

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